Magnusson Architecture and Planning Expands Leadership Team With Three New Associate Principals

Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) recently announced the promotions of three Senior Associates – Sara Bayer, Joe Moyer and Jen Stencel – who will be joining Chris Jones as Associate Principals. The four will continue to manage many of the firm’s projects and teams, while expanding their capacity and ability to deliver high quality client experiences and design work. They have been integral to the firm’s recent successes.

Together, Sara Bayer, Joe Moyer and Jen Stencel have more than 40 years of experience and expertise in all aspects of design and construction administration. Individually they have been responsible for producing award-winning projects, deploying innovative technologies and assuring the timely completion of healthy, beautiful, affordable and supportive housing developments, all hallmarks of MAP’s work.

Sara Bayer, AIA, CPHC LEED AP (also our Director of Sustainability), is currently overseeing the design development for two projects slated to meet Passive House standards – Rheingold Gardens and Dekalb Commons both in Brooklyn. She has just completed a design study for a net zero retrofit project through NYSERDA’s RetrofitNY program and she is the project manager for HELP Crotona Senior Housing, a senior housing development with an LGBTQ senior center in the Bronx. Her other recent projects include St. Albans Cycle of Life Complex in Queens and Selis Manor Associated Blind in Manhattan.

Joe Moyer, AIA has just this year completed the multi award-winning, MLK Plaza, a 167-unit affordable and LEED Platinum development in the Bronx as well as Webster Green, a LEED Gold supportive building also in the Bronx. He is currently overseeing The Bryant, now in construction, design development for Crotona-Belmont Senior Housing, Cooper Park Commons, and early stage work on Broadway Triangle Sites A and B. His other recent projects include 695 Grand Street in Brooklyn and Acacia Gardens in East Harlem.

Jen Stencel, AIA, LEED AP has managed the design and/or construction administration for 900 units of affordable multi-family, senior, and supportive housing in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Hudson Valley. This includes the award-winning Mill at Middletown, an adaptive re-use of an historic mill building for affordable housing and a café/job training program. She also managed the award-winning Schoolhouse Terrace in Yonkers, a multi-building affordable development for families and seniors. Her other recent projects include, 188 Warburton Avenue in Yonkers, 2605 Grand Concourse and The Bedford in the Bronx, Seaview Senior Housing on Staten Island, Caton Flats and 6309 Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn.


For over three decades, Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) has worked with non-profit groups, municipalities, and for-profit developers to improve the lives of those who live and work in their communities. MAP’s award-winning buildings and urban revitalization projects serve as the foundation for vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods. Since our founding in 1986, we have been at the forefront of quality housing, green building and urban design.

MAP offers comprehensive architectural and planning services that blend design excellence with technical and planning expertise. The firm specializes in mixed-use developments including: affordable, supportive, senior, mixed-income, and market-rate housing; schools; community facilities; urban design projects; and, community planning.

In 2015 MAP established a Volunteer Program. Every month a team of staff, friends, and family donate personal time to projects that serve residents of the buildings the firm has designed, improve features in those buildings or support the clients of MAP’s nonprofit partners.

Contact: Christina Allan